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Arts Initiative announces 2014 hydrant theme

Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014

Huntington Arts Initiative, Inc., founders Debbie Dyer, Rich Najuch and Ann Siegfried, announce that the theme of this year’s fire hydrant public art painting project will be “Book Look ... and Listen.” Artists are invited to choose well-known books and paint their hydrants to represent the specific work of literature. On the opening day of the exhibit, readers will be posted at each hydrant sharing excerpts from the book. In addition, one copy of each book portrayed on the hydrants will be given away in a random drawing.

The public art project is in keeping with the mission of the Arts Initiative to educate, to enrich and to entertain. The project also promotes art and culture, provides a showcase for local and area artists and increases pedestrian and retail traffic in the downtown area.

This year’s theme was chosen specifically to highlight the importance of reading and to help everyone realize the rainbow of possibilities that the written word provides. This is the fifth year the Arts Initiative has sponsored the project. Previous themes include “Dogs Days of Summer,” “Down(town) By The Sea,” “A Is For Alphabet” and “Lights, Camera, Action.” Opening day of the “Book Look ... and Listen” is planned for September 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. in downtown Huntington. Maps showing the locations of all the hydrants will be available at The New Huntington Theatre.

Anyone interested in painting a hydrant, sponsoring the event or reading one of the books can contact Debbie Dyer at (260) 356-8874 or Ann Siegfried at (260) 356-6951. Email Debbie at: More information about the fire hydrant public art painting project and photos from previous years can be found on the Arts Initiative Facebook page.